Book Review: Cleaving Souls by Chauncey Rogers

Posted on

Be prepared to shiver a little before bed at night with Cleaving Souls, a psychological suspense and thriller published in 2017 by Chauncey Rogers.

cleaving.jpg
Why This Book 
I’m a big fan of psychological mysteries and thrillers. When the opportunity popped up to read this one, I jumped on getting a copy last month. I’ve been reading a few lighthearted children’s books and cozy mysteries, which meant I needed something to scare the pants off me (doesn’t happen often)! The other reason I needed to read it – and yes, this is embarrassing but I am nothing if not honest and focused on learning – is that I wasn’t certain I knew what the word ‘cleaving’ meant. Though I’d heard it before, I wanted a clear definition, and so I started reading the book. Wouldn’t you know… the first page provides a few definitions to choose from. And when I got to the end, it was QUITE CLEAR!

Plot, Characters & Setting 
Kate’s expecting a baby with husband Alex, but she’s starting to lose her mind a little more each day. She has absolutely no idea why she’s lost and confused, but her husband tries to be supportive. As a truck driver, he’s unfortunately out of town for several days in a row. It begins to unravel Kate, who by now is hearing her name being called in weird places, sees people outside her window and thinks she’s being followed. She tells Alex, and he tries to be a good husband, but things escalate quickly. Alex takes her to a cabin for a getaway while they wait for her appointment with a psychologist, hopeful the break will calm his wife. But it doesn’t; instead, Kate meets a woman who has visions that indicate someone might bring harm to Kate and Alex. That’s when the drama truly begins and you won’t see this one coming from a mile away. I might stop talking to myself based on what happens to others once you go down that dangerous path!

Approach & Style 
I read the 225 page novel on my iPad through Kindle Readers. Chauncey’s writing is very detailed and descriptive; he goes to great efforts to fully flesh out the specific look-n-feel, setting and thoughts of his characters. While this can be a bit much for some people, it helps amp up the suspense and bring on the fear-factor in this book. The novel is told in third person, switching back and forth between focusing on Alex and Kate for most chapters. One or two chapters are told from the local police’s perspective, helping create some confusion and mystery all throughout the book; you will try to piece together the puzzle before it bursts forth on its own. Don’t try – just let it happen naturally in this book.

Key Thoughts 
If you’re a fan of horror, thriller or suspense stories, you often want it to be as innovative and mysterious as possible; you enjoy the guesswork from start to finish, but you love when the author can surprise and shock you. Chauncey’s work leans in the direction of big surprise. I didn’t care who was causing the trouble in his book, I just wanted to know how and why it was happening. I look at that as a good thing! The build-up is strong. The potential angles are wide. When it finally becomes clear what’s going on, you realize all the possibilities of what could be baked into the finish. It’s a great psychological ride.

Chauncey excels at realistic descriptions and narrative. You will know the location and setting as much as you understand every little aspect of what’s happening in the main characters’ lives. His slow build-up of driving the main character a little batty is quite strong. It was less about “Oh, I like Kate and don’t hurt her” but instead “That poor woman, what on earth is happening to her.” Through some repetition, sound effects and purposely missing moments, you really feel the swift descent of her psyche once the story gets into its climax.

Author & Other Similar Books 
Chauncey Rogers has two other books he released earlier this year, both of which sound interesting. We connected on Goodreads and he’s a genuinely good guy. I enjoy when authors interact with their readers and fans. It’s tough as time goes by and your following grows larger, but when you have the time and choose to make yourself reachable, it’s a big win in my book. Kudos to Chauncey for demonstrating that in both his own books and his interest in reviewing other books on Goodreads.

Summary 
I recommend this book. I do not recommend reading it right before bed. I am normally quite excited by thrillers and suspense, even before getting ready to sleep under most other circumstances. But when the main character in this book is that scared in her bedroom while trying to sleep and there is a noise at the window – Chauncey’s words, imagery, details and timing created quite a stir – I was in my bedroom, getting ready for bed, listening to the rain pellet the window… unable to let myself fall asleep for at least an hour because I kept seeing someone at the window. I’ll find a way to get him back for this!

About Me 
For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My debut novel, Watching Glass Shatter, can be purchased on Amazon @ http://mybook.to/WGS. I write A LOT. I read A LOT. And now I blog A LOT. First the book review goes on Goodreads, and then I send it on over to my WordPress blog at https://thisismytruthnow.com, where you’ll also find TV & Film reviews, the revealing and introspective 365 Daily Challenge and lots of blogging about places I’ve visited all over the world. And you can find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Vote in the poll and ratings. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators.

Advertisements

30 thoughts on “Book Review: Cleaving Souls by Chauncey Rogers

    Cozynookbks said:
    October 27, 2017 at 6:34 PM

    Great review. This one might be a bit much for me though. I was scared just reading about it.

    Liked by 1 person

    Yoly said:
    October 27, 2017 at 9:45 PM

    Awesome review

    Liked by 1 person

    Chauncey Rogers said:
    October 27, 2017 at 10:12 PM

    Thanks for the review, James! I’m glad you liked it so much!
    If anyone would like a free copy, I’m happy to send them out in exchange for an honest review. Just ask!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 28, 2017 at 8:27 AM

      You are welcome! And stay tuned…. Chauncey will be featured in an upcoming Author Alert!

      Liked by 1 person

    mainepaperpusher said:
    October 28, 2017 at 1:19 PM

    I know I should be all hepped up about the book itself, but what really strikes me is the cover. Not that I’m judging the book by it. The cover is inspired. The way the blood spatter looks like trees or the other way around. And the blood spatter that looks like a screaming face. Very nicely done, indeed!

    Liked by 1 person

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 28, 2017 at 2:56 PM

      I’m pretty certain Chauncey does his own covers, too. If I recall correctly… he did a great job.

      Liked by 1 person

      Chauncey Rogers said:
      October 28, 2017 at 6:03 PM

      Thanks you! James is right–I do my own covers, despite all the good advice that says to do otherwise. But this one did turn out all right, if I say so myself!

      Liked by 2 people

        mainepaperpusher said:
        October 28, 2017 at 11:09 PM

        I’m not often taken with covers but this is one of the best I’ve seen in ages.

        Liked by 2 people

        Chauncey Rogers said:
        October 29, 2017 at 12:44 AM

        Thank you! Really means a lot to hear that. 🙂

        Liked by 1 person

    Nthato Morakabi said:
    October 30, 2017 at 5:55 AM

    Sounds like a book that is right up my alley.Thanks for the heads up and great review 🙂

    Liked by 2 people

    b0rn_2_read said:
    October 30, 2017 at 8:56 AM

    Great review, will try to get hold of this book

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 30, 2017 at 8:59 AM

      Chauncey is very accessible; he will probably reach out from seeing your message, but you can also find him on Goodreads. Good Luck!

      Like

    cwhiteweb said:
    October 30, 2017 at 5:22 PM

    It sounds like a good book i would NOT read. You see James, I like to sleep peacefully! 😊🙈

    Liked by 2 people

      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      October 30, 2017 at 7:15 PM

      I totally understand!!!

      Liked by 1 person

      Chauncey Rogers said:
      November 1, 2017 at 11:55 AM

      So true! Even though I’ve written some horror, I actually really don’t like being scared. It’s pretty rare for me to see a scary movie.

      Liked by 2 people

        cwhiteweb said:
        November 1, 2017 at 1:20 PM

        And never by myself!! I need to have someone’s arm to grab each time my heart stops beating 😀

        Liked by 2 people

        Chauncey Rogers said:
        November 1, 2017 at 1:34 PM

        I believe that’s the first rule of horror: never by yourself. It applies as much to the audience as it does to the characters! Unfortunately, it’s a rule often broken, and always with dire consequences!

        Liked by 2 people

        cwhiteweb said:
        November 1, 2017 at 2:35 PM

        LOL right!
        I have a friend who only watches horrors! And doesn’t mind watching them alone. In the middle of the NIGHT!!

        Liked by 2 people

        Chauncey Rogers said:
        November 1, 2017 at 2:44 PM

        Some people’s thrill tolerances are just WAY higher than others. I also just worry about what that kind of desensitization does to a person! To each their own, but I personally take my horror in smaller doses.

        Liked by 2 people

        cwhiteweb said:
        November 1, 2017 at 3:01 PM

        That’s a true concern! Yes, I’m with you there. Very small, almost non-existent doses!

        Liked by 2 people

    Aislynn d'Merricksson said:
    November 1, 2017 at 3:16 AM

    Sounds like a good read. That cover is hella creepy though..

    Liked by 2 people

    Kristen said:
    November 1, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    Been looking for a good thriller! Thanks for the review!

    Liked by 2 people

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s